What a story of how they found each other again.

The bond between dog and dog owner is a precious one indeed. And long after Lauren Henderson's beloved dog Timber ran away, her love for her pup remained.

Amazingly, some three years after Timber ran off in the woods near Henderson's Staunton, Virginia, home she was reunited with her dog, thanks to a chance occurrence. As the Staunton News Leader originally reported,  Henderson found a dog on the side of the road, near her job in Bath County, about an hour away from Staunton. After returning to work with the newly discovered dog with plans to get the canine to a shelter, her boss mentioned the Bath Animal Welfare Foundation, which adopts animals from the Bath County Animal Shelter and from owners who give up their pets. Upon checking out the Bath Animal Welfare Foundation's website to learn more about how they may be able to help this dog that Henderson found, she was amazed to see that she recognized the featured dog on the website as her beloved dog Timber, who unbeknownst to her, the organization rescued.

"I was shocked," Henderson told the Staunton News Leader. "I was numb. I was like, 'That's my dog.'"  She quickly called the nonprofit and let them know about the stray dog she had found and informed them that the dog featured on their website was her long-lost four-legged friend.

Here's the backstory of how Timber made it to Bath Animal Welfare Foundation: When Henderson first lost Timber in 2017, she was initially retrieved from a road in Bath County where she was given to animal control and then Bath Animal Welfare Foundation before a couple in Baltimore adopted her.  Since Timber didn't get along with another dog in the house and had multiple health issues that weren't improving, she was returned to Bath Animal Welfare Foundation. There she got proper veterinary care after being diagnosed with severe low thyroid. Fast forward to 2020, and Timber was featured on the Foundation's website as the special needs dog of the month, at which point Henderson fortuitously saw the post.

Below, you can watch their adorable reunion, as Timber ecstatically jumps all over her owner with pure glee. "Hi baby, you have gotten so big. You are so big!" Henderson exclaims upon being able to embrace with her dog for the first time in three years.

"She doesn't leave my side right now. I'm just thankful and grateful that she's back home," Henderson told the Staunton News Leader. We're so glad this story has a happy ending and Henderson and Timber can get back to enjoying quality time together and plenty of winter snuggles.